Mugabe feels Mujuru heat

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s decision in late 2014 to cut former Vice President Joice Mujuru loose from both his warring Zanu PF party and the government is increasingly looking like a monumental political blunder.

Zanu PF insiders told the Daily News yesterday that many ruling party bigwigs were ruing the decision to expel Mujuru and her close allies from the party, as this had left the former liberation movement even more divided and facing the real prospects of losing power in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

“What started off as not-so-toxic factional banter has now turned into a nightmare of gigantic proportions for the party — with the real prospect that she (Mujuru) may now face the president in the 2018 presidential elections, if Gushungo (Mugabe) will be standing in those elections.

“I can tell you that that is not what anyone in the party anticipated would happen, and given the state of the movement (Zanu PF and its worsening factional and succession wars), who can say with certainty how those elections will pan out,” a senior party official said.

The fearful Zanu PF bigwig spoke as Mujuru is scheduled to address her first media conference in Harare today since she left the ruling party to form the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) — a highly-anticipated press engagement that is already setting tongues wagging.

Addressing Zanu PF supporters at his 92nd birthday celebrations that were held at the Great Zimbabwe monuments in Masvingo at the weekend, Mugabe — the only leader that Zimbabweans have had since the country’s independence from Britain in April 1980 — took aim at Mujuru, claiming that her party would soon fracture along factional lines.

Analysts said the fact that Mugabe had used his birthday party to take a swipe at Mujuru and ZPF underlined the fact that the nonagenarian now took the new political outfit very seriously, in the wake of Zanu PF’s escalating internal ructions.

The Daily News is also reliably informed that among the people who attended Mujuru’s meeting with war veterans at the weekend are some senior Zanu PF personalities and prominent supporters — a development that can only worsen the jitters currently permeating the ranks of the ruling party.

A buoyant People First spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, said yesterday that he fully understood why Mugabe and Zanu PF were now “fixated” with what was happening within ZPF, adding that the ruling party was “desperate to destroy” the newly-formed party.

“We are aware of their strategy which is being initiated by the G40 (the Zanu PF faction opposed to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe).

“That is why they are now talking about the so-called hearings in their party, but our people know that that is a charade.

“Besides, Zanu PF is finished anyway and there is no chance that they will bounce back. They are down and out,” Gumbo said.

Speaking in an interview with the United Kingdom-domiciled Sunday Times recently, Mujuru let rip at Mugabe, in her clearest sign to date that the respect that she once had for him has gone.

Describing Zanu PF rule as “a full dictatorship”, Mujuru also painted Mugabe as a “backward man” who felt threatened by her to the point of even working to frustrate her when she was his deputy.

Comments (40)

Take him on real Dr. Amai it's your turn to rule.

New Era - 1 March 2016

This is yu daily news n moyo.trying. ow to prop up mujuru to counter lacoste.nw that yo g40 project has hit the wall,yu have to come up wth this .yu speak as if pf is already bigger than zanu n mdc put tgether.I dnt wish bad to my comrades Teurai n all bt come election day ,yu all wl nt know what hit yu.mujuru wl come bak to zanu.kutaura chete mukanwa makazara ngenyama yembudzi.

viola gwena - 1 March 2016

mujuru is for people first. she is not coming back to zanu. if zanu cannot convince jabulani to come back, what makes you think that they will convince the real dr. Mai mujuru is aware that change has become real just like ngwena. as it stands, she is better placed to challenge for the state house than ngwena because he is gagged. the only source of campaign is only sister viola. you may as well cross over to the mujuru camp cde viola. ese magandanga hanzvadzi.

zvirozviyedzwa - 1 March 2016

definitely rhobhati is sweating! thats why he is stil calculating whether or not to let dambudzo go. you don't kill rex, sack the wife, have team lacoste knocking at state hse and still have a good night; no! the boy is sweating!

SaManyika Chaiye - 1 March 2016

for the first time I agree with Mugabe. uku ndikokunonzi kutondombera kuberekana kwemazizi. both the departed team and the one remaining behind are behaving like zombies! look at the line ups: zanu A: rwavhi gukurahundi mugabi - corrupt, liar, murderer, incompetent, woman-snatcher, geriatric emma mnangagwa: killer, corrupt, womaniser, incompetent perekedzera mboko: great liar who is trying in vein to exonerate Mugabe from gukurahundi atrocities Ignatius mbocho: great womaniser, corrupt with 5 farms, incompetent, didn't die for this country saviour katsukukuviri: killer, corrupt with 5 farms and looted millions, didn't die for this country zanu B; joice mujuru: corrupt, nothing shown for role in government for 34 years, liar who is refusing that there was rigging in zanu didimus mutasa: very corrupt womaniser, cruel, geriatric, incompetent covo gumbo: have never done anything senseful and we wonder what he can do for us at that advanced age kuda basket: I can only remember him advocating for the legalisation of ganja. may be he smokes with joy, didi and covo. dim matonga: corrupt, looted zupco to the bone; motor mouthed; failed farmer; bed-hopper. HAPANA HAPANA. VIVA SAVE 2018

josphat mugadzaweta - 1 March 2016

For the first time a real chance the Zepfers being divided right down the middle come 2018 elections.All the rest of the opposition need do now is put their differences aside. I'm already making plans returning back home after years in the diaspora! |'m that hopeful change is the air.

Rawboy - 1 March 2016

Whatever way you look at it ZANU PF is now so broken and divided that never can it ever hope of winning another election, not even with the assistance of Israel and NIKUV. Greedy Grace and her G40 mafia are to blame for the state ZANU PF now finds itself in, not that I was ever a supporter. Here we are faced with a huge drought and the likelihood of starvation and our politicians are still arguing and fighting. To make matters even worse it seems as if China is hesitating about investing because of all of this instability and uncertainty. What a mess?

Mbewa - 1 March 2016

Nyika ye Zimbabwe yawe kudzorerwa mumaoko a tenzi, Takakumbira kune midzimu yenyika tikafamba matirimana ose tichikumbira kuri varipasi vataure naive musiki kuti makwayi enyuawekurasika adzirerwe mumatanga. Hezvo zvese zvchaitika is now in the hands of God. Mugabe or anyone does not have control to determine the final outcome. A kakomborerwa mwana we Africa. Gadzirirayi regare be mafaro arikuuya asi musazokanganwa kunamata ne kutenda Mwari wenyu ne hupfumi!!!

Be Warned - 1 March 2016

KKKKKKKKKKK haa you see this indlozi muzi callled Mugabe is just always scared that is why he is always followed by a looooong convey everyway even to toilet . Mujuru has no support only a few gamatox in Mash east that will split votes with CHIPFUKUTO .of course and few confused pple will may be vote for her . The real threat for Mugabe we all know it and he also knows it . But the truth is Mujuru is zanu and pple know it and will never want to return zanu through back door in 2018 and they will not vote for her . So why worry about someone who has no known support . but may be he is worried that gamatox is going to split votes which is true bcoz he created that . kkkkkkkk .A fool is always a fool even with a dozen of degrees .chituta chituta mwanamdara .

Diibulaanyika - 1 March 2016

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prof ashaf - 1 March 2016

We are Ready. when the war was being fought in the 60s and 70s, it was waged by the Tongogaras, Dabengwas, Mujurus, Mangenas, and other brave cdes etc there was no Mugabe [who only joined in 1977, a mere 3 years before Independence], there was no Mnangagwa [who only joined in 1978, a mere 2 years before Independence], there was no Jonathan Moyo who was at varsity in the USA studying POLAD [lol!], there was no Zhuwao [ who was a Mozambican toddler living with his Mozambican father, there was no Sista Giresi [ also a toddler in South Africa]....you can see the current Zanu PF is a Mafikizolo faction! May the real heroes please stand up. Mujuru is the big deal, the real thing! I can see Viola the Ngwenalite wetting in her donated panties. (donated by Giresi off course). Come to ZPF sista Viola, Mujuru will teach you how to buy your own G-string!

Rasta Hero. - 1 March 2016

At times even one's shadow is feared. That it never happened may well be the reason for it to happen.

Liberty Shungu - 2 March 2016

Comrade Teurai ROPA ndizvo no going back

kativhu kisswell - 2 March 2016

TINENGE TICHINGOTSVAGA MARI TAKAMIRIRA KUTI NYIKA INAKE

E4T - 2 March 2016

HE WHO LOVES THIS WORLD THE LOVE OF THE LORD IS NOT IN HIM......

E4T - 2 March 2016

Anonzi Teurayi Ropa Joyce Mujruru, vozviitira varume vakuru, chakachaya.

wamaromo - 2 March 2016

Muchiri pwere. Ndokufunga kuti Zanu yaparara. Pakabuda Edgar Tekere achita form ZUM vanhu vakafunga kuti Zanu yaita split nepakati asi haina. Pakabuda Simba Makoni one of the youngest appointed ministers in the eigthies up to 2008 when he left the party makafunga kuti Zanu yaita split napakati. Nhasi mai Mujuru, motokava makubo mudenga muchiti Zanu yaita split. Regai tione. Vateedzeri vake vana Gumbo, vana Mutasa, vese vanenyaya dzakawanda dzinonhuwa. Saka its good ridence for Zanu. Its a clean up process. Regards

naome - 2 March 2016

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BITI - 2 March 2016

After all these murders, tortures and the ultimate poll rigging, the writer still believes Zanu Pf can let go of power. i dont think so.....they are ref and player @ the same time, so the number of votes cast is not a factor anyway. That is why the MDC is demanding reforms to that effect.

sandile - 2 March 2016

We been in the tranches for almost 20 years! I have had enough of Chematama winning elections but failing to capture state power. Hazvibatsire to keep on hoping and placing our votes in the wrong basket. Zimbabwe yakuda vanhu vane zvivindi kwete vanotya kufa. Shuwa unoti wahwina election vakutiza nyika! Remember in 2008 what happened? Biti na Chamisa vakasara woita press conference ku Miekles Tsvangirai atiza nyika kare! Guys lets give change a change zvinoda vakashinga izvi. I doubt that if Mujuru wins an elections she will run and hide in the Netherlands Embassy.

Chibaya T - 2 March 2016

Zviro my simple suggestion is for yo team to quikly dwelve into the isues of hw to jumpstart the economy.yu the young guys hav prob these old turkeys like rugare n bla dydimus.economy is wht zimbos want to hear.At lacoste thats our topic day in day out.the economy.So my dear sister Runaidha is still my comrade.its our belief that all comrades shuld assemble as one.me ,viola n runaida difer only on one principle, which she knows.bt Zvirozviedzwa all the best,let the best petson for Zimbabwe prosper for citizens,not personal grandisement.Lets party in peece.

viola gwena - 2 March 2016

sister viola, I haven't ready or listened to one speech that the lacoste team gave in relation to how they will fix the economy. if anything, by suggesting that zim under mother mujuru will join the commonwealth, dr mai is implying how she will go about fixing the economy. first thing is to put things back to what we where before 2002. I think, mai appears genuine.

zvirozviyedzwa - 2 March 2016

Vp mnangagwa wants to rid the corruption in the state .wants to engage international community,IMF,world bank ,farming n industrialisation n revamp small to medium businesses.these r the 4 pressing isues.he is the one pushing chinamasa to engage imf,world bank.we prefer to be direct by taking on these 2 world economy bordies then groups like commonwealth will fall into place in due course.commonwlth is mostly sport n gorvernence isues.a bit of small cash assistence thru donations.we want to move away from donor dependence syndrom.we want to be our own man thru economic growth ,.

viola gwena - 3 March 2016

The chinese government respect his policies,so does the EU.He has an open mind to economy rescucitation.he promises nt shut his mind on idiologies n yestayr principles.its a new world.the one wth cash names the tune.this has to be taken into consideration.

viola gwena - 3 March 2016

mugabe must go

peter mbwende - 3 March 2016

Viola why cant he do that now n bfo.sou ds magnificent bt can he realy do that.shit scared of mugabe.

bantu - 4 March 2016

At least we see yo plans.thats wht is important ,economy.mujuru said nothi g on that.

jembe - 4 March 2016

Yes deal wth the economy stupids.all good purposes bt everything short of economic plan.if this ngwena can do that then to hell wth his suposedly cruelty n let him get on the job.we cant carryon like this forever.

fadzi - 4 March 2016

Obviously PF forgot about the economy.even now Zvirozviedzwa is now consulting economists for a blue print n answer viola.

hove - 4 March 2016

One good think about politics of Zimbabwe is that many people are now beginning to see light. I had brothers and sisters who used to think that ZANU PF is almost next to God. But from the day Dr. J. Mujuru was expelled from the Party most people started thinking otherwise. If time could be pulled 2018 was supposed to be tomorrow and see what was going to happen. Never play with people's minds they will think of alternatives.

Chihwemukudu - 5 March 2016

Kikikikikikikiikiki. Vari kurota Mbuya ava. Ko zvamaiti munonamata wani!? IZanu PF musecond half yamuri kutipa iyi neteam yenyu z(anu)pfffffffff! Kubatana kwenyu manyepo aya - your only unity is because you now have one common enemy (Mugabe and Zanu PF). To quote manyepo enyu ayo: "Mind you, President Mugabe is not a young person. He is 92... He would be not be involved in anything.... To me he is a spirit. ..... In my culture, you don't raise a finger to a man or a woman who is your mother or your grandfather's age. It is spiritual, he is now a living spirit and we are lucky to have him alive. If you want to talk to your departed grandfather, you talk to them through him and you don't have to wrong him, because at his age he is just there to sit around and be respected as a living spirit. I don't want to destabilize a living spirit”. Joice Mujuru served as vice president under Mugabe from 2004 to 2014. She held several government posts since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980. In April 2015 she was expelled from ZANU-PF for allegedly plotting against Mugabe." Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) interim leader Joice Mujuru has unveiled her national management committee: Mujuru (president), Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo, Sylvester Nguni, Cougan Matanhire, Dzikamai Mavhaire, John Shumba Mvundura, Methuseli Moyo, Gift Nyandoro. Zimbabwean politics is cheap and a game of con men and women. Wise up Zimbabweans - we need fresh and new ideas, visionaries, technocrats with clear articulated ideas on transforming our nation; people of character and ethics not these chameleon, mercurial characters

Moffat Makombe - 7 March 2016

Zimbabwe's economy is a lot worse than any of us could imagine. We don't even have our independence. With our massive debt who owns us now? Any political party who is not able to seek a way to end our economic crises is not worth voting for.

Nooshie - 7 March 2016

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